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CBS
Dec 29, 2012 7:00am PST
: top congressional leaders met with president obama at the white house, trying to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1st. the president called the meeting constructive, but reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where in just four days every americans' tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >>reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're going to do the best we can for the congresses we have and for the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >>reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases, but the income threshold is not yet clear. the president and senate leaders are expressing optimism that they'll get the job done, but the president has a backup plan just in case. >> if an agreement is
CBS
Dec 8, 2012 7:00am PST
recovering. >>> formal request may go for aid. president obama wants congress to approve more than $60 billion in aid for new york, new jersey, other states. a congressman from new york confirms he expects the request to be at that level. governor comeaux is said to be pleased with the dollar amount. in the vineyards and farms of sew know may there is a place that saves lives. a school for boys troubled or hurt. >> good morning. >> reporter: that's nick on the left anchoring the hannah boys' center news. good grades, college bound. hard to believe this is the same kid who came from juvenile hall in 9th grade. >> i would have to describe nick as a rival here at hannah as one of a broken human. >> i was giving up. i was to the point where i was done. >> reporter: his parents were addicted to drugs. he is the toddler on the left. his parents would leave the children alone for days. one time in a motel. >> we didn't have money. we had video games which kind of kept us busy. >> reporter: what did you do for food? >> we didn't have any food. >> reporter: they moved every few months. then one
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
repairs to the street are expected to be finished sometime during the noon hour. >>> president obama called congressional leaders before he left hawaii searching for a way to avoid the "fiscal cliff." danielle nottingham is in washington where it appears little progress is being made. >> reporter: president obama and the senate cut short their holiday vacations to work out a last-minute deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." they have less than five days to come to agreement before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. senate majority leader harry reid has a plan to let tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year along with short-term spending cuts instead of the long-term cuts that would happen if there is nodule. >> the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. >> reporter: negotiations between president obama and house republican leaders stalled last week. the house is now leaving it up to the democratic-controlled senate to solve the problem before the new year
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
we go tumbling over the "fiscal cliff." president obama is supposed to meet with congressional leaders tomorrow. cbs reporter danielle nottingham is in washington and danielle, how's it looking? >> reporter: well, elizabeth, there was not a lot of optimism on capitol hill today. both senate leaders admitting that congress is facing a hard deadline while at the same time, blaming each other for not having a deal in place by now. president obama cut short his holiday vacation and returned to the white house to work on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." before flying home from hawaii, the president called congressional leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families maki
CBS
Dec 16, 2012 7:30am PST
memorial service is being held today. >> president obama is flying to newtown for today's memorial service. >> and cbs reporter erica ferrari is in newtown now to bring us the latest. good morning, erica. >> reporter: good morning. police have released the names and ages of the victims, but they haven't given any kind of a motive for what they think might have triggered this attack, this as families prepare to bury the dead. people filed into churches around newtown, connecticut to pray for victims of friday's shooting, as this community grievous, families in this small town now planning funerals for their children. >> she was the type of person that could just light up the room. she -- >> reporter: robbie parker's daughter, emilie was one of the 20 children killed in friday's shooting. >> she is an incredible person. and i'm so blessed to be her dad. >> reporter: parker and dozens of other parents had their children's bodies returned to them by authorities yesterday. police say they died when 20-year-old adam lanza forced his way into sandy hook elementary friday morning and start
CBS
Dec 20, 2012 6:00pm PST
criminal back check system was at an all-time high this past november after president obama's re-election. and with reports of brisk sales across the country now, it is possible december will be another record month. >> we have plenty of laws in place to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. i think what needs to be made more focused is on a national level how to secure these weapons so people can't get them. >> reporter: here in california a group of democrats are taking aim at the sales of ammo. the proposal on the table this week a $50 fee requiring money wants to buy ammo to get a permit, which would be valid for a year. that permit just to buy the ammunition would require a background check. back to you. >> absolutely. mark sayre in mountain view, thank you. >>> new at 6:00 vallejo police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a man and his dog. officers found them in a residential area at sutter and louisiana streets this morning. investigators say the man was still holding on to the dog's leash. police still looking for the driver. >>> other bay area headlines, police
CBS
Dec 21, 2012 6:00pm PST
break leaving behind a "fiscal cliff" hanger. how president obama addressed the looming crisis with just days to strike a deal. >> and they tied the knot or so they thought. the snafu that means the california couple was never married for the past half cent. -- half century. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, decades. now, investigators say they've made a brea >>> now at 6:30 it's the first murder to happen in an exclusive bay area neighborhood in four decades. investigators have made a break in the case of a young woman was charged in court today with being an accessory to the murder of a millionaire in his south bay mansion. mark sayre tells us police don't think this was a random attack. >> reporter: that judge set bail for $1 million for the single mother. while she has not been charged in this murder, her attorney says detectives are very much pressing her for information about the case. 22-year-old raven dixon of alameda appeared in alameda county superior court wearing shackles accessory to a homicide with a gang enhancement in the murder of ravi kumra in his home. dixon agreed to an exte
CBS
Dec 14, 2012 11:00pm PST
: president obama addressed the nation who was in shock. >> our hearts are broken today for the families of these young children and for the families of the adults that were lost. >> reporter: police questioned the gunman's brother, ryan lanza, who lives in new jersey, but so far there's no word of a motive. in sandy hook there's no end to the sorrow. >> they held a vigil earlier this evening at a local church and counselors were in the area throughout the day. many people feel this town will never be the same again. >> here's what else we've learned. adam lanza was carrying two semiautomatic hand guns, a sig sauer and a glock handgun. all three guns were bought legally and registered to his mother. authorities also recovered three other guns. lanza was an honor student who according to an official may have suffered from a personality disorder. his mother was a kindergarten teacher at the school. one parent says she was a substitute there, even though her name is not on a staff list. the shooter was wearing blacks, fatigues, and a military vest and didn't utter a word. randy pag
CBS
Dec 10, 2012 5:00pm PST
and spending cuts. ed to president obama hit the road to rally support from his plan. cbs reporter danielle nottingham has the latest from washington. >> president obama's public campaign to steer clear of the fiscal cliff took him to a diesel engine planted detroit. >> if congress doesn't act soon, meaning in the next few weeks, starting on january first, everybody's going to see their income taxes go up. >> private face to face talks were revised this weekend when house speaker boehner went over to the white house. neither side is releasing details about the conversation, but taxes are still the big sticking point. >> i'm not going to have a situation where the wealthiest among us, including folks like me get to keep all our tax break. >> while republicans have adamantly opposed raising taxes, now some are considering it if democrats agree to social security and medicare changes. republicans were disappointed with the proposed spending cuts in the president's first offer which do not include changes to entitlement programs. >> we have got to do something about the spending. an ob
CBS
Dec 26, 2012 12:00pm PST
vehicular manslaughter charges. >>> president obama is cutting short his vacation in hawaii to work on budget negotiations. mr. obama plans to leave hawaii late today and arrive in d.c. early tomorrow. he and members of congress are trying to find a way to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff." lawmakers will also be back in session on thursday without a deal by the end of the year automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect. >>> starbucks is trying to do what it can to urge a "fiscal cliff" compromise. the coffee chain is asking employees at its cafes in the d.c. area to write the words "come together" on cups for the next two days. starbucks plans to continue the effort on social media. >>> encouraging signs in the housing market. home prices rose in most major cities in october up more than 4% from a year earlier and october was the fifth straight month of year-over-year gains. taking a look at the big board now, you can see that stocks are down today in a light trading session. you can see the dow is down about 9 points. >>> a bay area family and the season of giving.
CBS
Dec 6, 2012 6:00pm PST
obama to plead for money to help his state rebuild from superstorm sandy. the storm destroyed 80% of seaside heights more than a month ago. the famous boardwalk was left in pieces. today governor chris christie asked the president and congress for more financial aid. christie says it's going to take $37 billion to recover and the president promises to help. >> he knows that our work is not done any more than the work in the states is done. >> president obama is expected to ask for $50 billion in storm relief for new jersey, new york and connecticut. >>> meantime, president obama made a special trip to virginia today to highlight his fix for the "fiscal cliff." the deadline for the president and congress to find a way to avoid tax increases and spending cuts is 25 days away. president obama made a special point to sit with a middle class family in virginia this afternoon. he was trying to offer an example of who would be hurt by the republican tax proposal. >> for them to be burdened unnecessarily because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives the
CBS
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
. meanwhile president obama paid a visit to a northern virginia family who would suffer financially if a deal isn't reached. >> for them to be burdened unnecessarily because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the cost involved in very personal terms. >> still the white house says the across the board spending cuts and tax hikes will takes effect if republicans refuse to raise taxes on the wealthiest americans. meanwhile a new survey shows the president's approval rating is at the highest point since the raid that killed osama bin laden. in addition, 42% believe the nation is heading in the right direction. >>> 6:10, a tycoon wanted for murder, how john mcafee ended up in the hospital. >>> a van plows into a jewelry store, narrowly missing the customer, what the driver says caused her to lose control. >> last going on, i had a former student give birth in the car. >> how about that, a lesson they never expected how teachers stepped in to deliver a baby in a school parking lot. we got that story and much more when we come back. ,,,,,
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 11:00pm PST
jam in washington. >> reporter: top congressional leaders are expected to meet with president obama at the white house friday. this would be the group's first face-to-face meeting since november 16, and a last-minute chance to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if no deal is reached, taxes will go up for nearly every american. senators reconvened thursday with tensions spilling over onto the floor. each side accused the other of stalling. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. we've not heard a word from mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year. and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker's no. 1 goal is to get elected speaker on january 3. >> reporter: the two sides are at odds over tax cuts and spending. republicans say it's up to the democratically controlled senate and white house to reach an agreement. >> republicans aren't abo
CBS
Dec 24, 2012 5:00pm PST
downstream at about 8:30. >>> a last minute gift from president obama brought joy to federal workers today. but cbs 5 reporter grace lee says last minute holiday turned into a headache for people. >> that's right. pretty much everyone there at an international flight today or tomorrow. if you're wondering why they thought a federal office would be open on christmas eve, the reason is it was scheduled to be open. that is why so many people we spoke with were so upset. >> i am real upset because i don't know, we could have done -- at this point i don't know what we can do now, just wait. we have been here since 7:30. my appointment was at 9:00. >> stranded on christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to renew or pick up passports today. some had confirmation numbers scheduled for today, including this man. he is supposed to catch a flight to mexico tomorrow to see his wife and 2-year-old. >> extremely frustrating and disappointing. i am not going to be able to see them. >> the passport agency was supposed to be open today, but in a last minute decision on friday
CBS
Dec 19, 2012 11:00pm PST
. >>> president obama promising near action to curb gun violence. >> i will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at prevents more tragedies like this. we won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse not to try. it will take commitment and compromise and most of all, courage. >> the president wants congress to vote early next year to renew the ban on military-style assault weapons and outlaw sales of high-capacity ammunition clips. he also wants to close the gun show loophole, so all buyers are subject to federal background checks. but it doesn't end there. >> we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we're going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. >> and the president has put vice president biden in charge of a governmentwide effort to come up with concrete proposals by january. >>> not all guns are created equal. there are automatics, semiautomatics, and the list goes on. the cbs 5 reporter phil shows us the difference. >> reporter: one
CBS
Dec 2, 2012 5:30pm PST
saying the obama administration will refuse any fiscal cliff deep that does not include a tax hike on the richest americans. geithner remains optimistic despite harsh words from republicans. >> reporter: with the clock ticking in washington and the fiscal cliff moving closer every day, tim geithner said they will only approve a plan with tax rates. >> if they are going to force higher rates on virtually all americans, because they are unwilling to let tax rates go up on 2% of americans, then that's the choice they're going to have to make. >> reporter: geithner presented his plan to republicans, calling for $1.6 trillion in revenue and cuts in stimulus spending. he suggested the bush era tax cuts must expire for the wealthiest americans. >> we put forward a very comprehensive, carefully designed mix of savings and tax reforms to help us put us back on a path to stabilizing our debt and living within our means. >> reporter: republicans did not welcome the proposal. >> i was disappointed by the president's proposal. i think it is a rerun of his budget proposal. the revenue proposals
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 11:00pm PST
: congressional leaders met with president obama at the white house, trying to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1. the president reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where, in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >> reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're gonna do the best we can for the caucuses we have and the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >> reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. but the income threshold is not yet clear. the president and senate leaders are expressing optimism that they'll get the job done. but the president has a backup plan just in case. >> if an agreement isn't reached in time, between senator reid and senator mcconnel
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 11:00pm PST
? >> reporter: president obama insists his plan on the table is fair. and it includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: if sunday's negotiations don't pan out, the president says he's ready to propose his own scaled-back tax bill that would block tax increases for all but the wealthy and preserve expiring unemployment benefits. >> for those of us who invest in the stock market, it's disgusting to watch them jockey around with our money. >> reporter: missing in all the last-minute negotiations is talk of the $1.2 trillion of mandatory spending cuts scheduled to go into effect tuesday. cbs news, washington. >> if the government does go over the cliff, the impact on the aviation industry could be disastrous and it could have a domino effect on the economy. the transportation security administration could lose about 7% of its budget and more than 7,000 security officers. airline safety would not be affected, but passengers could face longer waits at security. the faa could also see its budget cut an
CBS
Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm PST
obama and house speaker john boehner spoke on the phone wednesday but publicly are holding firm on their positions. the white house has made clear the country could go over the cliff if republicans refuse to raise taxes on the top 2% of american earners. >> to do that to 98% of the american people, because of an insistence that the wealthiest americans get a tax cut would be profoundly wrong. >> reporter: republican leaders say they will close loopholes and eliminate tax breaks but bush-era tax cuts must be extended to all americans. >> reporter: the standoff and debt concerns ryan. so much so, that he is the guy if the suit dancing gangnam style with former senator alan simpson. the group the can kicks back is working to get young people involved in fixing the debt crisis. >> we are trying to connect with our generation in a different way using humor to hook them in and get them to learn about this issue and understand how it affects their lives. >> reporter: the grassroots campaign wants to sign up more than 2 million people to push pressure on both sides. danielle nottingham, cb
CBS
Dec 9, 2012 5:30pm PST
by motorola for $49.99. . >>> president obama and house speaker met at the white house to discuss the pending fiscal cliff. spokesperson says the to agreed to not release details of the conversation. they say the lines of communication remain open. they are trying to find a deficit cutting deal to stop the creation of automatic tax increases and scheduled cuts scheduled to begin at the beginning of the year. >>> same-sex couples tied the knot in washington state today. . [ applause ] voters legalized it last month. today, it was the first day marriage ceremonies could be performed. about 140 couples registered to get married this morning. courthouses in some cities began performing ceremonies at midnight. washington, maine and maryland are the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. they joined six other states where it is already legal. >>> washington state man is taking advantage of a newly legitimate practice much he's opening the first marijuana smoke shop. the owner says the opportunity couldn't have come at a better time. >> the way the economy is right no
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm PST
, fiscal cliff hanger. >> the hour for immediate action >> here. it is now. >> glor: president obama speaks to the nation after speaking with congressional leaders. reports from major garrett and .ancy cordes. elaine quijano on the family heartbreak after russia's president bans all adoptions to americans. >> we ask president putin, please, can he set an alternate means but don't let me children suffer. >> glor: he met saddam hussein and made it look easy. david martin on the death of general norman schwarzkopf and what the world did not know thout him. and "on the road" with steve hartman as a man tries to save his wife of 56 years. an unusual request that gets a unrprising response. >> got two of them and i only need one. captioning sponsored by cbs
CBS
Dec 15, 2012 5:30pm PST
forced his way into the school and about an hour ago, president obama announced he will attend a memorial service tomorrow in newtown. >>> cbs reporter ines ferre is live in newtown, connecticut where investigators are piecing together what happened. ines. >> reporter: well, ann, it's been a day of mourning here in newtown and across the nation as families are grieving the loss of loved ones and a community tries to pull together. 12-year-old jocelyn cardenaz came from danbury, connecticut it drop off flowers at a memorial for the 26 people killed at sandy hook elementary school. >> even though we didn't know anyone directly just hurt because you never know what's going to happen next. >> reporter: she is one of many grieving for those gunned down in newtown, connecticut friday morning. investigators identified the shooter as 20-year-old adam lanza. the medical examiner says everyone was shot multiple times with a rifle. >> this probably is the worst i have seen. >> reporter: eight boys and 12 girls all ages 6 and 7 died including anna marcus green the daughter of a well-known sa
CBS
Dec 20, 2012 5:00am PST
on assault weapons. they may have a new supporter in president obama. he wants new laws to try to prevent another tragedy like the one at sandy hook elementary school. >> the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence. >> as head of the president's task force, vice president biden will look into banning assault weapons. but gun advocates say that's not necessary. >> there are lots of things we can do to make sure that only the right people have firearms. >> reporter: there will be at least nine more funerals or viewings today. on wednesday, each of the victims was remembered in his own special way. ♪ [ music ] >> reporter: paul simon sang at the funeral for 27-year-old teacher victoria soto. she died trying to protect her first grade students. >> she gave her life for those kids. it breaks my heart. >> reporter: 7-year-old daniel barden wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up. caroline previdi liked to draw and dance. charlotte bacon loved animals and principal dawn hochsprung was a mother of two but friends and family
CBS
Dec 18, 2012 6:00am PST
complications. he was 88. >>> president obama has made a counter-offer to try and avert the "fiscal cliff." he met with house speaker john boehner at the white house yesterday. the president reportedly offered to curtail future cost of living increases for recipients of social security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels. boehner wants an earnings threshold of a million dollars for higher rates. if no deal is reached in the next two weeks, billions in tax hikes and spending cuts will go into effect. >>> millions of credit card customers should soon receive refunds from american express, capital one and discover. the three companies owe $435 million in refunds to nearly 6 million customers the result of a government crackdown on deceptive credit card practices. refunds range from $3 to $300 showing up on monthly statement. >>> a southern california man is doing his part to help the people of newtown. he footed the bill for 100 cups of coffee from the town's general store. he is a 911 operator in the northridge area. after making his donation, he we had to
CBS
Dec 18, 2012 5:00am PST
obama could have taken action. he said he met with cabinet members to discuss what could be done from mass shootings including new gun control laws. it's possible the president could enact new gun rules through executive orders but some changes would require congressional approval. >>> for continuing coverage and the latest on the elementary school tragedy, go to cbssf.com. >>> this morning, the chief foreign correspondent for nbc news is safe after he and his production team were held by kidnappers for five days. the network announced this morning that richard engel and three coworkers were released unharmed in syria. nbc had kept the abduction under wraps out of concern for his safety. the identities of the kidnappers and their motives are still unknown. >>> here we are 7 minutes after 5:00 on this tuesday morning. lawrence is on assignment today. and standing in the hardest working woman in showbiz, ladies and gentlemen, here's elizabeth with the latest. >> guess where she is going to be today! [ laughter ] >> yeah, we're in the weather center today. and so far, the biggest story i
CBS
Dec 24, 2012 5:00am PST
. >> president obama said he will cut his hawaiian vacation short to hammer out a deal with congress with the deadline a short week away. >>> 5:18 now. >>> the nra is adamant about its idea of placing armed guards in the nation's schools. >> this comes as diane fine stein promises to introduce new gun control legislation in the new year. the head of the nra put the game on violent video games and problems with the mental health system insisting another assault weapons ban is not the answer. >> it doesn't work. diane fine stein had her ban, and columbine occurred. >> hundreds of protests yesterday. >>> amid the debate over gun controls and restrictions, bay area ranges are seeing a sharp increase in the number of people who want firearms training. cbs 5 reporter donlin shows us who is seeing up for the shooting lessons. >> reporter: lynn suwannee fired a gun for the first time in her life. >> safety. my arms are tired. >> reporter: before pulling the trigger, she attended a class in san francisco to learn how to safely store and use a gun. >> see if i can feel any sense of power being female a
CBS
Dec 13, 2012 5:00am PST
. the white house is still demanding tax hikes on the top 2%. president obama did lower the amount from 1.6 to $1.4 trillion. republicans say that's not good enough. they are holding out for cuts to programs like social security. >> we'll stay here right through the new year and make sure we resolve this in an acceptable way for the american people. >> the fed chair ben bernanke says just the threat of a "fiscal cliff" is already creating uncertainty in the economy. and that is not good for the stock market. >>> "fiscal cliff" negotiations though are throwing a wrench into year end tax planning, as well. >> but there are plenty of actions to take starting with changes of tax laws that expire at the and of the year. jill schlesinger, editor at large for cbsmoneywatch.com joins us now with information on tax laws that expire at the end of the year. >> good morning. >> first start with people trying to reduce their mortgage debt. >> reporter: this is really interesting because homeowners who have restructured their mortgage debt since the housing crash have enjoyed a big benefit. no t
CBS
Dec 7, 2012 6:00pm PST
permanent the middle class tax cut. >> both are waiting to talk to president obama and house speaker boehner. here on capital here hill boehner says he is still waiting on the white house to respond to the latest proposal. >> this isn't a progress report because there is no progress to report. to >> republicans are offering to extend tax breaks for all americans, close tax loopholes and cut nearly $1.5 trillion in spending. >> i came out the day after election to put revenues on the tame to take a step toward the president to try to resolve this. ,,,,,, ,,,,,, >>> you made it. it is weekend time, and i can vouch for both weather and traffic. weather thumbs up. traffic, thumb's down. here is a live look outside. we have mainly clear skies and mainly congested roads. beautiful weather, though. also in the south bay we're looking good. we are cooling down quickly. many of you will be in the upper 30s by tomorrow morning. concord you will be one of those spots down to 51. san jose, 56 degrees. ground clutter being picked up by our radar. there was no rainfall for 400 miles from san franc
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Dec 5, 2012 6:00pm PST
obama says a budget deal could be reached in a week if republicans accept higher taxes for the wealthy he was 2% of americans. but that "fiscal cliff" deadline is less than four weeks away and still no deal between the president and republicans. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee on what this gridlock could cost californians. >> reporter: basically, it could cost us billions. the daily democrat estimates that if no deal is reached and we go over the "fiscal cliff," our state could lose out on $4.5 billion of federal money and lose 200,000 jobs. and this can hit the lower middle class with a one-two punch a combination of unemployment and fewer social safety nets. >> they want us to close on wednesday at noon. >> reporter: a social security employee for 30 years is joining fellow federal workers across the u.s. to spread the word the "fiscal cliff" is looming and at stake social security benefits for millions. >> they seem to go for the people who had the least political pull, in other words poor and disabled and people here in east oakland. >> reporter: like this social security recipi
CBS
Dec 12, 2012 6:00pm PST
president obama and tell him, it's time to show us a balanced plan. >> reporter: it is a big switch from presidential politics to full-scale lobbying. >> on the one hand it's bizarre this coming around the pike right now, on the other hand this is the nature of the campaign finance structure we have created. >> reporter: the president is still in full campaign mode, as well. this time, he is not looking for votes. he's looking for public support in handling this "fiscal cliff." and he still knows how to rile the crowd in detroit. >> what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. [ applause and cheers ] >> campaigns never end. that's something that's been going on -- that's an innovation in the presidency in the last 30 years. it's the campaigning to govern thing. after the campaign is over you campaign on policy. >> reporter: so are these ads working? according to the latest poll out from abc news and the "washington post," not really. 49% of americans say they approve of how the president is handling the "fiscal cli
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 5:00am PST
. so is the white house, as you know president obama is in hawaii on his annual vacation. that he has every year here. now he spent christmas eve playing golf and working out at a local marine base out there. he also has another golf round planned again for today. the talks between the president and the house have broken down on this fiscal cliff there are to try and avoid the deadline that's coming up. on thursday when the senate comes back into session most of the house of representatives will also be back and the president is going to work if hawaii to try and get -- from hawaii to try and get everybody to work together but at this point it seems like the deadline is just looming. >> we've been talking about this for a good month plus now. is it too late? they have so little time. can they get something together and actually save this before -- before new year's? >> reporter: well, frank as you've seen, in washington the 11th hour deal comes out all the time. in past years senator mitch mcconnell stepped in and been able to negotiate a compromise. this time through twitter he's tel
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Dec 17, 2012 12:00pm PST
knowing there were several heroes who saved so many young lives. president obama praised their courage at a community vigil last night. >> in the face of indescribeable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you have looked out for each other. >> reporter: 27-year-old victoria soto died shielding some of her first graders from the bullets. >> she is truly a hero. [ crying ] and it's very likely because of her that our son is with us today. >> reporter: school officials say the surviving students won't have to return to the sandy hook elementary school building anytime soon. they will attend classes at another location. as the grieving continues, efforts are under way to resalvage some semblance of normalcy. we have seen moving vans down this road transferring materials from sandy hook elementary school to the new location where the children will eventually be going back to school. reporting live in newtown, connecticut, i'm randall pinkston. back to you. >> randall, i wanted to ask you in the aftermath of this one of the things that's come up is gun control and the suggestion that
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Dec 16, 2012 5:30pm PST
including president obama. he is expected to speak shortly. cbs will carry the president's remarks live as they happen. >>> chilling new details about -- are emerging about the deadly rampage in connecticut that left 28 people dead including 20 children. sources say the shooter, adam lanza, shot his mother four times in the head, apparently as she lay sleeping. computers in the home were found smashed. lanza then drove it to the school and forced his way in by shooting out a window. within minutes he shot and killed the children and six adults, and then as police closed in, lanza shot himself. in newtown, it was a day to mourn their dead at church services. cbs is in newtown where president obama is among the mourners. >> reporter: hundreds of mourners at a vigil in new town gave first respond ears standing ovation. president obama is there to help this community deal with the tragedy. people have been stopping at town memorials all day. while others attended sunday services focused on the tragedy that shattered this tight-knit community. residents leaned on one another as they rem
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
afternoon, president obama will meet with congressional leaders in the latest effort to find a way out of a budget impasse. but as cbs reporter tara mergener tells us, it's not even clear if there's enough time to get a bill through congress before january 1. >>> reporter: the "fiscal cliff" is still a few days away. but business owners don carlino says he is already feeling the impact. >> a lot of our customers are holding back. they are apprehensive. they are not committing to projects. they're not --you know, they are waiting to see what's going to happen with the "fiscal cliff." >> reporter: and hope is fading that congress can get a deal done before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> i am not optimistic. >> reporter: even congressional leaders are skeptical. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking.
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Dec 26, 2012 6:00am PST
instead of long term deals that had been sought. >>> president obama will cut his hawaiian vacation short today and return to washington to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. >>> holiday sales grew at a weak pace this year. the weakest in four years. mastercard advisors spending pulse reports that sales in the two months before christmas increased .7% over last year. a lot of analysts expected sales to be up 3 or 4%. but wait, there is more. when i worked in retail when i was in college, christmas was busy enough. but the day after christmas? it was unbelievable! cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san leandro where after- christmas shopping has already started. >> reporter: yes, brian. it started at 5:00 this morning at the bay fair center in san leandro. according to a consumer reports poll about 1 in 7 adults will return a christmas gift so that's part of it. for the other part i'm joined live now with keith mchugh with the shopping center here braving the rain with us, as well. thank you so much for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> reporter: what brings shoppers out here the
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Dec 17, 2012 6:00am PST
news reporter erica ferrari joins us live from newtown with more on president obama's appearance at a public memorial and it was obviously, a very emotional sad day as he spoke yesterday. >> reporter: behind closed doors, the president told connecticut's governor that friday was the single most difficult day of his presidency. >> reporter: charlotte, daniel, olivia... >> reporter: the tears flowed freely as the people of newtown, connecticut remembered those gunned down at sandy hook elementary school. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. >> reporter: president obama said he brought with him the love and prayers of the nation. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts. >> reporter: the next painful step in the grieving process begins today when the first two funerals will be held here in newtown. >> they were innocent babies and that's what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: police believe the carnage could have been much worse. they say 20-year-old adam lan
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Dec 16, 2012 11:00pm PST
connecticut school mass. what else he says -- we hav obligation to >>> we will have to change. >> barack obama promises changes to prevent future massacres. and what else he says we have an obligation to do. >>> renewing the debate over gun control. >>> and the next round of rain is moving in. but the bigger weather headlines, downright freezing temperatures. the coldest day of the week and the day that will stay dry. >>> president barack obama spent the night mourning in newtown, connecticut. he arrived an hour before the service began to meet with the families in privaciy. >> i come to offer the love -- privacy. >> i come to offer the love and prays of aination. >> i am very mindful that mere words can not match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your hearts. in the face of violence. in the face of evil. you looked out for each other. and you have cared for one another. >> he ended the speech by reciting the names of all of the 20 children killed. >>> the first funerals are starting tomorrow. 28 people dead. including 20 children. they say the shooter, adam lanza shot his mother fo
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Dec 16, 2012 6:30pm PST
forced his way in by shooting out a window. as police closed p in, lanza shot himself. president obama spoke at a memorial. he arrived an hour before meeting private well family members of those killed in the mass ser. then he spoke in the memorial service. >> can we say that we're truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness? and with purpose? i've been reflecting on this the last few days. if we're honest with ourselves, the answer is no. we're not doing enough. and we will have to change. >> and we'll have more on that memorial shortly with the mass shooting still fresh on many people's minds many politicians are drawing attention to stricter gun control laws. >> reporter: it happens after every u.s. mass firearms tragedy. the demand for greater controls on gun. the debate gets more and more heated, only to ultimately cool down. will it be differently this time? some say yes. in a nation with an estimated 12,000 firearm related homicides each year the massacre in connecticut has touched a national nerve. it'
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Dec 10, 2012 6:00am PST
. president obama and defense secretary leon panetta are praising the operation and the service member who was killed for their efforts. >>> protesters continue to demonstrate outside the presidential palace in cairo. opponents are calling for a boycott of the constitutional referendum scheduled for saturday. they say the new constitution was pushed through without input from any group other than the islamists. >>> former south african president nelson mandela is in the hospital this morning. those around him are giving few details about the condition. a statement over the weekend revealed that the 94-year-old antiappar tide hero had been admitted to the hospital. he became south africa's first black president. >>> children who are deprived of oxygen in the woman are more likely to develop attention deficit disorder. a new study says children of these women have a 16% higher risk of eventually being diagnosed with add. >>> it's 6:21 right now, a must win game for the 49ers, could collin kaepernick rebound against the miami dolphins. >>> and you can call it one of the worst free throws ever, wh
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Dec 7, 2012 12:00pm PST
first family lit the national christmas tree, president obama said the mandatory spending cuts and tax hikes that could kick in 25 days from now are threatening to ruin the holidays for millions of americans. >> the american people are counting on this getting solved. >> reporter: the two parties are leaving negotiations to the two main power brokers, president obama and house speaker john boehner. >> if the president doesn't agree with our proposal, he has an obligation to families and small businesses to offer a plan of his own. a plan that can pass both chambers of the congress. >> reporter: with the clock ticking toward the fiscal cliff deadline, government workers have joined the push but they want to make sure they're not cut out of the deal. >> federal employees that i represent have offered up $103 billion to the federal deficit. >> reporter: jd cox of the american federation of government employees say they can't afford anymore cuts and going over the fiscal cliff will impact millions of americans. >> there would be a lot of federal employees who would be furloughed or riffed
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Dec 20, 2012 11:00pm PST
. >>> tomorrow marks one week since the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. president obama will hold a nationwide moment of silence at 6:30 tomorrow morning to remember the victims. if you go online, you may see this mention, twitter founder jack dorsey and several celebrities are also calling for a five-minute time out on the internet to pay their respects. >>> six more were laid to rest today. they included two teachers and four first graders. >> reporter: boy scouts saluted the scout benjamin wheeler. scott pablo wondered what many here did. >> i don't really know why he had to die, but it's very sad to see all the coffins. >> reporter: jesse lewis's family described the first grader as fearless but admitted he slept in his mother's arms almost every night. his school mate catherine hubbard was remembered for a smile as bright as her red hair. she'd recently been taking horseback riding lessons. six-year-old allison wyatt wanted to become an artist. her artwork covered the family home. 52-year-old's anne murphy. 30-year-old lauren russeau was also laid to rest. she had just been hir
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Dec 19, 2012 12:00pm PST
lamented before. so we have to act. >> reporter: president obama said this morning he is ready to act. >> the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. >> reporter: he is naming vice president joe biden to lead a new task force to offer concrete proposals to curb gun violence. >> this is a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms right now. >> reporter: he wants the proposals no later than january and says he will then push legislation without delay and he says stricter gun laws alone are not the answer. there's also a push to examine mental health issues and the impact of violent entertainment like videogames. >> we must take action so that we can tell our children that we are doing everything in our power to prevent these tragedies from ever happening again. >> reporter: democratic leader nancy pelosi today named california congressman mike thompson to lead a task force to investigate new steps congress tan take right now. >> i have been a hunter all my life and there's no reason to have a magazine that holds 30 shells.
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Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm PST
. >>> well, it's an impressive list. president obama, john boehner, nancy pelosi and harry reid, many mitch -- mitch mcconnell all in one room. danielle nottingham tells us it maybe the last chance to get any kind of agreement to avoid that fiscal cliff. >> reporter: president obama is meeting today at the white house with top congressional democrats harry reid and nancy pelosi and leading republicans mitch mcconnell and john boehner. it's the president's first meeting with congressional leaders since november 16th. the closed door discussions are an attempt to reach a last minute agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases due to kick in january 1st. >> probably the worst case scenario will come out of this meeting today and that is we will kick the can down the road. >> reporter: senator bob courter told cbs this morning he predicts the meeting will bring only a temporary solution. >> this afternoon's meeting feels much to me like optics to make it look like we're doing something. let me just say one more time this is a total dereliction of duty at every level
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Dec 4, 2012 5:00am PST
called for a parcel tax to help fund fire services. >>> president obama is closely monitoring a week-long strike at two southern california ports. 800 members of the clerical union who work at the ports of los angeles and long beach had been working without a contract for more than two years. the clerks don't handle cargo but dock workers are refusing to cross picket lines forcing a shutdown of most terminals. experts estimate the strike is costing the u.s. up to $1 billion a day. and it could delay shipments of holiday gift merchandise. >>> there's a tentative contract agreement between port of oakland and union workers. two weeks ago, more than 500 members of seiu local 1021 went on strike. they had been at the bargaining table for 16 months. details of the agreement will be released when the contract is voted on tomorrow. >>> president obama will host a group of governors today to talk about the "fiscal cliff" after he rejected a counterproposal from congressional republicans. that plan promised to trim $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years and cuts from entitlements and billions i
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Dec 27, 2012 5:00am PST
give you details as we get them. >>> it is 5:06. president obama flew back to washington from hawaii overnight to work on the plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff." cbs reporter tara mergener says congress remains gridlocked and fewer americans expect any progress before the new year. >>> reporter: senators and staffers will be filling these empty hallways today trying to work out a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." higher taxes will give the average american about $1,500 less to spend next year. and economists believe the $110 billion spending cuts will result in more layoffs. senator harry reid has a plan to keep taxes low for everyone making less than $250,000 a year as well as short term spending cuts until a bigger dooley can be reached. >> it is going to be a patch because in four days we can't solve everything. >> reporter: while senators try to brave the bad weather that has hit many parts of the country, in order to make it back here to washington, house leaders say they will not leave home unless the senate passes its bill first. >> good morning? >> reporter: house republ
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Dec 14, 2012 6:00am PST
as well as aircraft. >>> president barack obama will meet privately today with u.n. ambassador susan rice. rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state. ambassador rice had come under fire from some republicans on capitol hill over her comments following the deadly attack in benghazi, libya back in september. >> i withdrew my name because it's right for the country and the president. >> her interest is in serving me but more importantly serving the country and she has done an outstanding job. >> with rice no longer being considered, massachusetts senator john kerry is the most likely nominee for secretary of state. >>> it's 6:19 right now. kaepernicking now replacing tebowing. but what does it all mean? >> i like it. i'll tell you that much. plus a sticky situation, how two nfl players got stuck together. is there an engineer in the house? >> some cold weather around the bay area. cold in the high country if you want to go out and enjoy a new snow up there. it is looking like more snow for the weekend. heavenly with as much as 48 inches on th
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Dec 19, 2012 5:00am PST
over 10 years. >> president obama has been firm about higher taxes for everybody making a quarter million dollars a more but now appears willing to raise that cutoff point to $400,000. >>> more troubles for toyota. the japanese automaker has been hit with a record $17 million fine for failing to report a safety defect. the issue led to sticking gas pedals and a recall. the law says a carmaker must tell the government within five days of learning of a safety defect. >>> it's 5:20 right now. holding off the hornets? golden state takes on new orleans in oakland last night. >> plus no fowls. the pigeons that became a surprise star of the oakland raiders game on sunday. >> and we are already talking about the weekend. and if you are planning a trip out of town heading towards the sierra, you will need to pack your chains because snow is likely over at heavenly this weekend good skiing conditions once the snow comes down expecting an inch of new snow. northstar 6" of snow likely. snow base of 18 to 64 inches of packed powder at squaw, 2" of snow likely saturday and sunday. we'll have mu
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Dec 7, 2012 5:00am PST
cairo, president obama has made a phone call to egyptian president mohammed morsi. he expressed concerns about the deaths and injuries of protesters outside morsi's palace. demonstrators are upset about the new unrestricted powers morsi gave himself. >>> looks like authorities in belize will have to wait to question john mcafee. he's back in a georgia georgia tamilian jail. he asked for asylum there. he's wanted for questioning about murder in belize. >>> to reach an agreement on a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. financial experts were on capitol hill yesterday to talk about the negative impacts if the automatic tax increases and spending cuts happen on january 1st. president obama visited a northern virginia family who would suffer finally if a -- financially if a deal isn't reached. the president's approval rating is at its highest point since the raid that killdee killed osama bin laden. 42% believe the nation is heading in the right direction. >>> the san diego zoo two new additions. they're 14 week old clouded leopard cubs and their adorable. they are brothers and playful. they like
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Dec 24, 2012 6:00am PST
happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of irresponsibility. >> reporter: president obama says he'll cut his vacation short to hammer out a deal with congress. the deadline now a week away. i'm andrew spencer reporting. >>> if congress face to reach the agreement income tax rates will go up on just about everyone on new year's day. unemployment benefits will expire for many as well. you may not feel the pinch right away. already too late for employers to accurately who would income taxes from those january paychecks. the social security payroll taxes are set to increase on january the 1st. you will see an immediate cut in your take-home pay. >>> the senator from idaho is apologizing for being arrested over the weekend. senator michael crepo was charged with driving under the influence. he was pulled over early yesterday froms agoryia, virginia outside of washington. the senator says he is he is deeply sorry and will deal with the consequences. >>> charges could be filed as soon as today against a driver accused of striking several pedestrians in san francisco. one of the v
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